Monday, January 11, 2010

10 Places You Can't Go

Here's a list of places that most of us can't get to. The point of such a list, is, of course, to incite one's curiousity even more; though I'm not 100% confident that North Korea's Department of Tourism had a hand in this one. Or even exists.

At number 9 is the Vatican Secret Archives - you can't go into the archives but you can view any document over 75 years old. With 84km of shelving, it makes Robert Langdon's ability to find centuries-old texts in the space of a few tense seconds seem even more remarkable. Or is that, "ridiculous"?

Number 8 is Club 33 at Disneyland, the only place within the whole joyous park with a full liquor licence. And if you have a spare $10,000 - $30,000, you too can join. After being on the waiting list for 14 years. Leave all strollers at the door.

White's Gentleman's Club is at number 6. Founded in 1693 to sell hot chocolate, it became an exclusive gentlemen's club - not of the stripper variety, but of the Eccentric British Variety which involves bizarre betting. 3000pounds on a raindrop race, anyone? Needless to say, if you have that much change in your back pocket, are male, well connected and slightly inbred you too can possibly join the club. Maybe.

Room 39 comes in at number 4 (gosh I feel like Bert Newton on 20-to-1. B-grade celebrity comment, anyone?). All sorts of lovely goings-on apparently occur here, deep in the heart of North Korea's capital, Pyongyang. Money laundering, drug smuggling, counterfeiting...all in a day's work for Kim Jong-il's regime. Charming.

The not-really-inconspicuous RAF Menwith Hill British Military Base ranks at number 1. Apparently, not only does the communications intercept and missile warnings site search for terrorist plots, political intelligence, drug schemes through the Echelon system (allegedly, mind you); but can also get a hold of your telephone and radio communications. They won't, however, do anything about telemarketing.

You can view the whole list here, and impress your friends with your newfound knowledge.

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